The Fox School of Business utilizes an online application process. Complete your application at your own pace through our Application Portal. Because we have a rolling admissions process, we encourage you to apply as early as possible while space is available in the program.
A Complete Application to the Fox School of Business PhD Program includes:
- Current Resume / C.V.
- Personal Statement of Goals
- Two References (to be completed online by your recommenders)
- English language transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for application review.
- Official GMAT / GRE Results (test results cannot be more than five years old)
- GMAT and GRE Institution Code for Temple University: 2906
- TOEFL / IELTS Results are required for international applicants. The TOEFL / IELTS requirement is waived for applicants who: completed a degree program from a US institution or who are currently enrolled in a degree program at a US
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The Fox School requires applicants to submit scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The GMAT score is heavily preferred, but GRE scores may also be considered. Applicants for the Statistics PhD program will be required to submit a GRE score.
Foreign students must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or DuoLingo English exams. If you have an undergraduate degree or a graduate degree (or are in the process of earning either degree) from a U.S. institution, then you do NOT need to submit a TOEFL score.
NOTE: GMAT scores are only valid for five years following the administration of the exam and TOEFL scores are only valid for two years following administration of the exam.
Applicants generally hold a master’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. Students who do not hold an advanced degree in an appropriate business discipline may be required to take additional coursework. Students must also have a working knowledge of calculus for admission into the program. Students should be comfortable with functions, calculating and understanding derivatives, and optimization. At a minimum, students should be familiar with the mathematics entailed in a good intermediate microeconomics textbook (e.g. the mathematical appendices of Varian’s “Intermediate Microeconomics”).
Tests scores and grades at or above the average do not guarantee admission. The Fox School does not offer Conditional Admissions or evaluate candidates based on self-reported data via email. Each candidate’s ability and potential are assessed by the faculty in the area of specialization and by the Admissions Committee. Although the applicant’s academic record and test scores are important factors in the admissions process, other factors, such as the ability to conduct research as demonstrated by academic research publications and whether your indicated research interests match with those of our faculty, are also taken into consideration.
After initial review of your credentials a personal interview may be requested. Telephone interviews are acceptable and will be arranged by the appropriate department coordinator. A visit to campus is the responsibility of the applicant. To arrange for a campus visit, please send an email to your intended concentration advisor.
Students entering the program are expected to come with a thorough understanding of the undergraduate calculus sequence and linear (matrix) algebra. Students are required to complete two and a half years of course work, pass a preliminary exam in statistics/econometrics, complete and present two research papers in the departmental workshop, pass a comprehensive exam, and complete a dissertation. Starting from their third year, students are expected to teach one course per semester. Although there is no formal coursework during the summer, students are expected to work on their research papers and stay in residence during the summer. The expected time for completion for a student showing good progress is five years.
The PhD program requires a 3-week foundation mathematics course in August before the first semester of Year 1 for incoming PhD students. This required course aims to prepare students for their subsequent methodology courses.
The curriculum includes:
- One (1) Concentration pro-seminar (3 credits)
- Three (3) Concentration courses (9 credits)
- Ten (10) – Theory and Research Methods courses (30 credits)
- Two (2) – Elective courses (6 credits)
- Three (3) – Doctoral Examinations (6 credits)
- Preliminary Exam Prep – BA 9994 (1 credit)
- Dissertation Proposal – BA 9998 (1 credit)
- Dissertation – BA 9999 (2 credits minimum)
All students admitted to Fox PhD programs are considered for full financial support. Funding typically comes in the form of an assistantship and includes full tuition and a competitive stipend for at least four years, based on adequate progress and yearly evaluations.
In addition to Teaching and Research Assistantships, students who apply before the January 5 deadline will also be considered for Temple’s prestigious University-wide Fellowships. These Fellowships typically go to Temple’s most accomplished incoming graduate students, and the Fox School is pleased have one of the highest percentages of fellowship recipients across the University.
All University fellowships provide full financial support for four years, the first two of which are service-free. During the fellowships’ latter two years, recipients typically perform up to 20 hours per week of service as a Teaching or Research Assistant. The fellowships fall into three categories.
- Presidential Fellowships are the most prestigious awards. Competition is reserved for only the most outstanding candidates.
- University Fellowships are awarded to outstanding incoming graduate students. These awards are intended to support students who demonstrate outstanding potential for success in their chosen fields.
- Future Faculty Fellowships are intended to attract outstanding students who would diversify the professoriate. Candidates are newly admitted graduate students from underrepresented groups in the applicant’s discipline who show exceptional leadership and/or have overcome significant obstacles in pursuing an academic career.
A graduate degree from Temple is a much sought-after “next step” for students from around the world who want to advance their careers. Grounded in experience and research, our graduate programs build innovators and leaders.
Living and studying in a foreign country can be challenging. To help make your stay easier, International Student and Scholar Services can assist you with legal documentation, help you fit into the Temple community and provide you with advisory and counseling services.
Foreign students coming to Temple or Temple students traveling abroad often seek help from our Office of International Affairs. This office oversees all of our study-abroad programs, worldwide campuses, global partnerships and efforts to internationalize curriculum.
English is spoken in nearly 60 countries around the world, but it can be a difficult language to master. To help non-native speakers of English, we offer a range of courses through our Intensive English Language Program.
All documents must be attested to/verified by the Controller of Examinations or Registrar at the Parent University and then sent sealed directly to the Temple University department or program to which you are applying by the examining authority in an envelope bearing the institution’s seal or stamp and/or an appropriate signature across the sealed flap. -OR- You may make photocopies and have the copies attested to by the Controller of Examinations or Registrar at the Parent University. The Controller or Registrar should then place the verified mark sheets in an envelope, seal the envelope, and sign it across the flap before returning it to you to forward to the Temple University department or program to which you are applying. If the seal is broken when the envelope reaches Temple University, the mark sheets will not be accepted. Attestations from persons outside the offices of the Controller of Examinations or Registrar, such as individual professors or external notary publics, will not be accepted. Without exception, mark sheets, degree certificates, or provisional certificates from the affiliate college or faculty will not be accepted.
Please note that a credential evaluation done internally can take approximately one month. If you will be using the credential evaluation service offered by Temple University, please allow for additional processing time.
Notice: All application materials become the property of Temple University and will not be copied, returned, or forwarded.
Transcript Evaluation Services
Applicants may enlist the services of a credential evaluation organization approved by Temple University, as identified on the NACES website, and request that the evaluation be sent to the department/program. ECE, Inc. and WES Foundation are among the most common used by applicants.
For more information on academic records, please visit Temple’s International Applicants (opens new window) page.